As many of you know, hubby and I have four indoor cats, but we also care for a group of stray kitties who showed up last year by the creek branch near our back yard. Most of these kitties started out 100% wild and feral. Over many months, I managed to tame them, and gradually, they have bonded to me. Hubby and I have begun the process of having them spayed and neutered.
Though they're tame with me, the outdoor kitties still behave as feral cats with everybody else. I have a special relationship with them all, but I had a particularly close bond with my little Moonlight, a gentle-spirited boykitty who was love shaped like a cat. And he started out the wildest, most feral kitty of them all.
Well, night before last, Moonlight was hit by a car and killed. A beautiful, shining light snuffed out by a brutal world. We buried him in the yard and I placed spring flowers on his stone.
Moonie, I will miss you, and though my heart hurts because I will never hold you again, you will always live in my heart and in my memories with me. We will be together. I will never let you go.
Ample make this bed.I will always love you, my little Moonie Moonlight.
Make this bed with awe;
In it wait till judgment break
Excellent and fair.
Be its mattress straight,
Be its pillow round;
Let no sunrise' yellow noise
Interrupt this ground. ~ by Emily Dickinson
I've been weeping for the plight of stay and feral cats who live daily with such danger. Hubby and I do the very best we can for the feral kitties, but a death like this is simply heartbreaking.